Alaska


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Aleut

Meaning: “The mainland, the land facing the sea.”

Pronunciation: (uh-LAS-uh)

Nicknames: Alla, Alas, Laski

Detail: Alaska came from an Aleut (Yupik) word alaxsxaq (ah-LOCK-shock) “the mainland, the land facing the sea”. The Russians were the first Europeans in Alaska and they pronounced the word (al-YA-ska). When the US purchased Alaska from the Russians the name was only slightly modified to what it is today.

Title character in John Green’s Looking for Alaska.

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Fenja & Menja


Fenja

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Norse

Meaning: “Fresh water; spring.”

Pronunciation: (FEHN-yah)

Nicknames: Fenna, Fen

 

Menja

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Norse

Meaning: “Necklace.”

Pronunciation: (MEHN-yah)

Detail: At the time there was a magic mill in Denmark, which no one had been strong enough to operate. Frodi, the Danish king, purchased two giantess slave girls, Fenja and Menja, who were large and strong. He made them grind out gold, peace, and prosperity, allowing them no rest, until finally they ground out an army against him, led by the sea king, Mysing. Mysing conquered Frodi, seized the mill and the slaves and bade them to grind salt. He too allowed them no rest. A little later, the ship sank, apparently from the grinding of the slave girls, and that is why the sea is salty.

Fenja is a  Scandinavian goddess of physical prowess.

Himinglava


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Norse

Meaning: “Heaven-Gleaming.”

Pronunciation: ()

Nicknames: Himi, Himla, Glava

Detail: “Heaven-Gleaming” interprets this as referring to “that through which one can see the heavens” or “transparent Wave”.

One of the nine wave daughters of Ægir (eh-geer) and Ran (rawn), a giant and goddess who both represent the sea in Norse mythology. Each of their names are poetic terms for different characteristics of ocean waves.

The Nine Wave Daughters:

Blodughadda

Bylgja

Dröfn

Duva

Hevring

Himinglava

Hronn

Kolga

Unnur

Blodughadda


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Norse

Meaning: “Bloody Hair.”

Pronunciation: ()

Nicknames: Blod, Bloda, Hadda

Detail: “Bloody Hair” interprets this as referring to “reddish foam atop a wave”.

One of the nine wave daughters of Ægir (eh-geer) and Ran (rawn), a giant and goddess who both represent the sea in Norse mythology. Each of their names are poetic terms for different characteristics of ocean waves.

The Nine Wave Daughters:

Blodughadda

Bylgja

Dröfn

Duva

Hevring

Himinglava

Hronn

Kolga

Unnur

Unnur


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Norse

Meaning: “Frothing Wave.”

Pronunciation: (OON-nur)

Nicknames: Unn

Detail: One of the nine wave daughters of Ægir (eh-geer) and Ran (rawn), a giant and goddess who both represent the sea in Norse mythology. Each of their names are poetic terms for different characteristics of ocean waves.

The Nine Wave Daughters:

Blodughadda

Bylgja

Dröfn

Duva

Hevring

Himinglava

Hronn

Kolga

Unnur